Cambodia Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by akkipaa
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by akkipaa
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by akkipaa

Cambodia Off The Beaten Path

  • Killing Fields

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    Lying approximately 15km from central Phnom Penh in rural surroundings, I arranged a driver via the tour desk of my hotel. I was shocked at how peaceful the place was, especially considering the mass genocide that took place here. Between 1975 and 1978, over 17,000 men, women and children were brought here to be executed. Many were bludgeoned to...

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  • "Local life"

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    Although there are several covered markets in the city that cater to tourists and locals alike, to get a better sense of the native culture check out the outdoor street market to rub elbows, quite literally, with the locals. We only had one full day in Phnom Penh and it was the first destination of our trip so we opted not to shop like the tourists...

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  • "Firing Ranges"

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    The firing range is just out of Phnom Penh in the direction of the airport. It involves a couple of unsealed roads and one checkpoint as you enter the compound, so it is better to have a driver take you there. They have approximately 50 different kinds of weapons which you can fire, throw or set off. They range in price from $20 to $250, depending...

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  • Central Market

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    i didn't know where is the main etrance to the market. As i found my way in, the stinky smell of fish fills the air! It just happened that i went into the wet market entrance. I didnt kn0w it was the wet market because you cant seet from the outside - at that time i suppose. As i reach the central part, it's clean and cool!

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  • Royal Palace

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    If you wanna take photos inside the Royal palace area, you have to pay an extra fee. I was tired of paying extras, so I decided not to pay. Thus, I left my digital camera at a cloakroom at the entrance (free). BUT I had my reflex camera in the rucksack, so once inside I dared to take it out and make some pics (2 or 3 only). None seemed to notice or...

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  • Tuol Sleng Prison

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    A visit to Tuol Sleng S21. This prison was where many people were interrogated, tortured and killed. Surprisingly some people did survive a trip here, but those that didn't were buried in the mass graves at The Killing Fields. . For more images please visit the travelogue.

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  • Royal University

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    Part of my time in Phnom Penh included a visit to the Humanities & Social Sciences division of this university. That the university survives is a miracle given the concerted efforts of the Khmer Rouge to eliminate the intellectual class from Cambodian society. 85% of those at the university were killed between 1975-79. . This is a picture of the...

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  • History

    Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

    Another sign: 'THE MOST TRAGIC THING IS THAT.... Even in the 20th century,on Kampuchean soil, the clique of Pol Pot criminals had committed a heinous genocidal act, they massacred the population with atrocity in a large scale, it was more cruel than the genocidal act committed by the Hitler fascists, which the world has never met. With the...

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  • Keep you Bat Camera with you, all the...

    I bought a new camera (SLR, after long time with pocket ones) a year ago and I have kept my camera ready more than I have used to, with a waiting value that some day I can take rare, interesting, difficult and nice picture. Now I think that it happened, at least I am very close (and so far satisfied).This is an off Beaten tip or should I say On Bat...

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  • Trekking in the Jungle

    I had a look at the website. This short trek (2 days, 1 night) seems interesting but maybe too expensive (they ask 3-400 US$ per person, depending on number of participants). As indipendent traveller, I'm looking for a cheaper trek (basically I need a guide to help me find the way... no more people or comfort...).But I thank you very much... maybe...

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  • The river chronicles

    When in Siam reap, apart from visiting Angkor Wat, dont miss out on the Tonle Sap river cruise. I know that what comes to mind when one says "Cruise" are deep blue waters, Luxury and good wine. This is far from that, and is not that kind of experience. There are several old but sturdy boats lined up along the dock of what seems to be a muddy river....

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  • The last stronghold of the red Khmers.

    The red khmers might have lost the power in Cambodia more than 30 years ago, but they still have one lilttle town in western Cambodia where they stand Strong and that is thee town called Pailin.Pol Pot lived near here until he died, little over a decade and ago and "Brother number 3" Leng Sary lived here right up until 2007 when he was arrested and...

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  • ECO LODGE Ratanakiri province bang lung

    HI ok this has got to be the most out of the way isolated places we have been fortunate enough t have visited. We were told about this by a couple of hardend back packers while staying in KEP way down in the south of cambodia.So on a spur of the moment decsion we decided to go.So it was back to phnom phen for a couple of days then the local bus (if...

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  • Koh Ker and Beng Mealea

    Koh Ker is 2.5 to 3 hours by road, and the road is (as stated above) good, so wet season shouldn't be a problem. There is a LOT to see there, however - and you can get lunch locally, so I'd suggest leaving early (may have to pay driver/guide more!). Stopping at Beng Mealea on the way back is fine, but you're right - no way to visit Roluos as well....

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  • Prohm Kel - #6 on the Khmer Dharmasala...

    The ancient Khmer Dharmasala Route or Royal Road runs from Preah Khan in the Angkor Temple Complex to Phimai in Thailand. It was built during the 12th and 13th centuries by the Mahayana Buddhist emperor Jayavarman VII and includes 17 dharmasalas (rest stops) along the way. I had been to several of these dharmasalas on the Thai side and wanted to...

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  • Rabbit Island

    This is where you go to the beach.Take a tuk-tuk (or bike) to Kep, then a boat to the island.Very nice, low key, food available - overnight = $5.Only downside - no waves.

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  • Sad...sad...sad

    Why I'm sad?...because for some reason you'll always see the best for last and then you're craving to go there again. Damn! It's the bar that I've missed there. You see if you have a local guide, be prepared to think at their level. Make sure you get the guide who are versatile otherwise you'll only visited places which are within his radius only....

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  • The rivers in Cambodia

    Cambodia is a country with a lot of rivers. Small huts and houseboats are beside the rivers in the countryside.

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  • cambodia Off The Beaten Path

    I just come back from a wondefull experience through Cambodia lifestyle. We had booked a 12 days trip with A La Carte Cambodia that we had tailored to our need: discover Cambodia's life. Indeed, we had a lot more than expected. My favorite destinations were the trek that we had in the Jungle of Mondolkiri by elephants with the minorities and a boat...

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  • Ratanakiri.

    Ratanakiri is located in north east Cambodia and is home to some of the few minority tribes in Cambodia.There were previously lot's of minorities in Cambodia, but they were either driven away or killed during the khmer rouge years.Ratanakiri used to be an unsafe place, but it's fine now and have recently opened up to tourism.You can visit the...

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  • Tonle Sap - Rowing among the treetops

    Our hotel in Siem Reap (Indochine Pavillion) arranged for us a trip to the lake. Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Asia: 2500 square km in dry season, swelling to 12,500 square km in the rainy season - up to 7% of the entire surface of Cambodia! The trip by motor boat was rather long, but the adventure began once we transferred into a wooden canoe,...

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  • The Real Cambodia - Stop Overs to...

    It was a novelty for me and my buddies to see the villages and their houses on our way to Banteay Srey. The villages, the paddy field, schools that need to be refurbished considering we travelled by tuk-tuk to cover 30km distance ie from Angkor Wat to Banteay Srey. We stop at the wet market at one of the village there. Since, it was still morning,...

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  • Kompong Speu Country Side

    There is many cautions about going to the country side of cambodia due to catching malaria and other tropical diseases. But Kompong Speu is safer due to it being in southern Cambodia and around the Phnom Penh Area. I can find a tour guide who can speak english and khmer for you. Or if you want to find your own, try to find one that is from the...

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  • Mingle with the locals

    Hok took us to his hometown which is about an hour away from Siem Reap in a fishing village. It was fun meeting his extended family and his sister cooked a simple dinner for us. It was a real village with no electricity still, and full of swarming mosquitoes once the sun sets.

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  • visiting a floating home

    the boatman invited us to visit his home just along tonle sap river. it was a memorable and remarkable trip for me.

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  • Wat oudong at PP

    Haven't seen anyone recommend this Wat at Phnom Penh. We paid a motodop 8USD to drive us back and forth, 2 of us on one motodop. FANTASTIC view. Not many tourists. Some part of Buddha is located here, i think it's his bone. Very pretty temple, unfortunately we iddnt manage to enter the temples

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  • Battambang, not really "off the beaten...

    As stated above, Battambang is not so off the beaten track, but many travelers skip it en route to or from the temples. We found that it was a nice trip, or circle, to go from Phnom to Siem to Battambang, then back to Phnom. If the waters are high enough, there are some fantastic boat rides from Battambang.

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  • Phnom Bok - Deserted mountain

    Just a half hour tuk-tuk ride from Angkor will take you to this seemingly former Khmer Rouge hangout. There is a small village at the foot of the mountain, and the friendly locals prodded us along the right path to the top. It is quite a steep climb, though the incline cannot be compared to the number of steps you have to take - 589! According to...

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  • the virtue of tour operators for...

    next link should take you to a page on the website of a renowned 'alternative' travel organisation in belgium : http://www.joker.be/KHAC.aspxSignificant about this page is that it details the travel itinerary for the Cambodia travel they hold on offer. You do need to understand some dutch, I must say, to read the page...Even more significant is...

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  • Kbal Spean (Rivers of Thousand Lingas)

    In native tongue, "Kbal Spean" literally means "the head of the river". Hightlights, - carvings of Buddha, bull & Monkey god (some were chipped off by Khmer Rouge in exchange for $$ & weapons)- Lingas chiseled into the riverbed- Tortoise, crocodile, frog stones in some riverbed basinsExpect:- 12km of dirt-track (i mean really dusty) off Banteay...

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  • A sundog!!

    According to the locals, sundog is quite a common phenomenon there, we spotted one during wesak day at 12noon. so look up the sky in mid day and you might just see one. (sundog - rainbow surrounding the sun)

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  • Drive a Tuk Tuk!

    Instead of sitting at the back seat, you can always ask your tuk tuk driver to let you drive instead! (tht's if they allow) it's quite an experience being a tuk tuk driver!

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  • Wat Thmei – Siem Reap

    The Wat (pagoda) stands side by side with a Buddhist monastery and is across the road from the Pavillon Indochine Hotel. The Wat is also known as the “Killing Fields Pagoda” because it houses a glass sided stupa containing the bones of those who died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and it also displays some graphically detailed photographs of the...

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  • Banteay Samre

    Banteay Samre is a little off the beaten track in that it does not get a lot of visitors. It is located east of the East Baray. The temple was built in the 12 century by Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II and named after the Samre (ancient people of IndoChina). Previously difficult to get to, a good road was being constructed when I was there in...

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  • Beng Mealea

    Beng Mealea is about 60 kms NE of Siem Reap; it was cleared of mines in 2003 by the British Halo Trust, however, take care not to stray beyond the perimeter. On the drive there I saw a mine explode less than ¼ of a mile from the road. The Road from Siem Reap is good and passes through some very interesting villages, which provide great photo ops....

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  • Kompong Khleang

    South East of Siem Reap on the banks of Tonle Sap is the fascinating community of Kompong Khleang (KK) one of the largest towns on the lake with a population of about 30,000. The town can be reached by road in the dry season. Drive to Damdek about 35 kms from Siem Reap then turn right, the road is paved to about 2 kms from the town, and the...

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  • Cheong Ek: The Killing Fields

    After they had severely tortured their victims, the Khmer Rouge sadists brought the poor devils here. 129 burial sites have been identified; 86 have been excavated; the remains of nearly 9,000 people have been recovered. To save bullets, men and women were clubbed or axed to death. Children often killed by flogging.Skull of hundreds of victims are...

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  • Kbal Spean

    A little trekking to the river of 1000 lingam carved under the surface; you can go alone, don't ask for a guide: you need just to rent a motobike (or ask a motobike lift). On the way near arrival you can visit the nice temple of Banteay Srei surrounded by water(http://www.pbase.com/pierbase/kpbal_spear&page=all).

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  • Its RODEO time

    cambodia is a place where the roads are not well constructed. a lot of pot holes everywhere. the off roads place will be a great place where the PAJERO or even the LANDROVER will be tested!

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  • The wonderful world of Tonle Sap

    The Tonle Sap lake is the largest lake of Sout East Asia. Depending of the season the lake can swell from 2500 square KM to more than 13.000 square KM. This unique ecosystem is one of the richest sources of fresh water fish in the world.The best way to have a look at the Tonle Sap area is to take a boat from Siem Reap to Battambang ro Phnom Penh. I...

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  • Make your own tour

    I have been to western, northern, central, eastern and southern Cambodia. Most who have been there of course go to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and perhaps Sihanoukville. If you are off to one of these locations Cambodia .... or even to another place.... on your first or perhaps even a second trip and want to see some of the "real Cambodia" then try doing...

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  • Go up to Mondulkiri

    We went up to Mondulkiri, on the bus from Phnnom Penh, for about 4 days there & are So glad we went. It was a really long harsh bus ride as the road is not too good & it stops in some odd towns(-beware of the spiders in Skon!), but is amazing once your there! We hired a motorbike & went out to the waterfalls-a hilarius trip, very fun & very...

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  • Phnom Sampeau 'killing field'

    The surrounding countryside of Battambang consists of paddy fields, coconut palms and sporadic hills. It's wonderful to look at!The 'killing field' of Phnom Sampeau doesn't fit at all into this harmonious image.Bones, skulls and even clothes of Khmer Rouge victims, diligently piled up in a cave. The Khmer Rouge killed their victims by cutting their...

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  • Rolus Group Temples easily worth...

    About a 30 to 45 minute drive over a washboard like gravel road, one can get to other Khmer monuments in the area. The driver knows where to go, but as you drive you'll have a chance to see Cambodian rural life along the way.

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  • Kep-sur-Mer

    Kep, a former French colonial seaside resort, is a convenient half-day trip from Kampot. The best way to get there is by bike, it's 25km on a paved road. Most of the French villas are in ruins, but there are efforts to turn Kep once again into a fashionable seaside resort, only this time for rich Cambodians. Foreign tourists are unlikely to be...

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